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Intersecting themes: Children, displacement, disability

 

Creating New Futures For All: Children, Youth, Disability and Situations of Forced Migration


28 November 2012 to 30 November 2012

Registrations will open shortly.

This international symposium explores the intersection of three seminal instruments which set out a clear agenda for promoting and pursuing the inherent dignity and worth of all members of society.

Children's right to provision, protection, and participation are critical aspects of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), which aims to promote and protect the dignity, identity, safety and welfare of children.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and the Convention and Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention and Protocol) provide frameworks for the protection, recognition and respect of two other groups widely recognised as being on the 'margins': persons with disabilities and refugees.

Creating New Futures for All will bring together leading academics and organisations specialising in children's rights, refugee protection and disability. The conference goal is to promote the sharing of knowledge, experience and good practice around inclusion of children and young persons with disabilities and those displaced by war, conflict or disaster.

With a target audience that includes both service professionals and policy makers, the initiative is designed to progress international dialogue around children's rights, including in relation to initiatives such as UNICEF's Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities and I am a Child Too campaign. The event also builds on the Shafallah Declaration on Crisis, Conflict and Disability undertaken at Qatar.

Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Yang Hee Lee , Immediate past Chair, Committee on the Rights of the Child
Professor Ron McCallum AO, Chair, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: 1 AUGUST 2012
SUBMISSION DATE FOR PAPERS: 1 NOVEMBER 2012

Contact: Mary Crock

Email: mary.crock@sydney.edu.au

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